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Outstanding Faculty Awards

Steve Yetiv

Professor of Political Science and International Studies
Old Dominion University

Steve A. Yetiv is University Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Old Dominion University (ODU). He came to ODU in 1993 after a post-doctoral position in international affairs at Harvard University (1990-93). His research explores global energy, American foreign policy, the Middle East, globalization, and theory.

Dr. Yetiv has won various awards for his efforts. He received Harvard University awards for excellence in teaching in 1992 and 1993; the U.S. Secretary of State’s Open Forum Distinguished Public Service Award from the U.S. State Department for “contributions to national and international affairs” in 1996; the Virginia Social Science Association’s Scholar Award in 1999; the Choice Outstanding Academic Book awards in 1998 and again in 2005; the Robert L. Stern Award for Outstanding Teacher from ODU’s College of Arts& Letters in 2007; the Burgess Award for outstanding researcher in the College of Arts & Letters in 2010; and ODU’s University Professor designation in 2010.

Among his works, his book, Explaining Foreign Policy (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004, 2nd ed., 2011), develops an integrated and interdisciplinary approach that uses multiple perspectives to reveal how countries make decisions. The book has been used at more than 45 universities, including Yale, Georgetown, Cornell, and the University of St. Andrews.

Crude Awakenings develops and applies a framework for examining threats to global oil security (Cornell University Press, 2004; 2010 in paperback). His latest book, The Petroleum Triangle (Cornell University Press, 2011), explains how global oil and globalization have contributed fundamentally to the rise of Al-Qaeda terrorism.

Dr. Yetiv has been a consultant to the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, the General Accounting Office, and CNN International where he worked on a documentary that won an Edward R. Murrow Overseas Press Club Award. He appears regularly in the national media and has published over 250 opinion-editorial pieces, including over thirty articles in the Christian Science Monitor. For more information, please see his web page at

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Dr. Steve Yetiv

"Energy security and sustainability, oil dependence and terrorism, and the future of US foreign policy are among the key, defining issues and threats of our time. Increasingly, I have felt that our failure to study these questions rigorously in academic and policy terms could really mean the difference between wealth and health, poverty and sickness, even life and death."